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For My Daughter and Other African-American Kids

Russell Simmons | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Russell Simmons

Most people think of me as the "godfather of hip-hop," and believe me, I'm proud of that title, but I know that one of my most important contribution in business has been providing a financial service for millions of Americans.

One Reason You Should Maybe Switch To MasterCard

Reuters | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business

* Cards issued in U.S. to have identity theft resolution assistance * Zero-liability coverage extension to take effect in Oct (Add...

Bank Of America Wants People To Pay $5 For A Currently Free Service

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 03.08.2014 | Business

Bank of America is offering you the chance to pay a fee for a service you may not know you already have. The bank on Thursday launched a new kind o...

When HSBC Closes Your Bank Account Without Telling You

Brett King | Posted 01.29.2014 | Small Business
Brett King

I've been a customer of HSBC since 1999, and while that doesn't account for much these days, I grant you, I'm also a blogger that regularly gets 250,0...

7 Ways To Avoid Paying Bank Fees

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 09.24.2012 | Money

If free checking accounts were animals, they'd be on the World Wildlife Fund's list of endangered species. According to a new survey from Bankrate...

A Year After Debit Reform, Consumers Benefit Even as Banks Cast False Blame

Douglas Kantor | Posted 11.23.2012 | Business
Douglas Kantor

While the average American is making less and the income gap widens, profits in the banking industry are higher than they were pre-recession.

Catherine New

How To Get Free Gas This Week

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 08.14.2012 | Money

Next to offering an open bar night, free gas may be the next best way to soften up potential new customers. That is the strategy community banks and c...

Catherine New

Americans Borrowing More To Pay For Essentials

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 07.11.2012 | Money

College student Simone Bernstein, 20, is using her credit cards to cover her living expenses this summer. She chalks up the debt to an opportunity cos...

Here's Some Free Advice: STOP TWEETING PHOTOS OF YOUR DEBIT CARD

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 07.03.2012 | Technology

There are certain things that you should not tweet because they are annoying: your FourSquare check-ins; Instagram photos of your lunch meat; the arti...

Small Print Now Easier To Read At Wells Fargo

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 07.02.2012 | Money

Bank fees are still costly -- and going up at many banks. Yet a growing number of big banks are using clearer labeling to help consumers to add up the...

Free Checking..Without Checks!

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 06.29.2012 | Money

One midwestern bank is returning free checking to the menu. TCF Bank, which has 430 branches in eight states, announced this week that free checki...

Catherine New

Meet The Cash Killers

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 06.07.2012 | Money

Louise Collis likes to ride her bike around the Clarendon Hills suburb of Chicago. What she doesn't like is change -- as in spare change jangling in h...

Checking Accounts That Pay Decent Interest

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

High-yield checking accounts might be as rare as Sasquatch these days, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. An annual survey from Bankrate.com, ...

Five Prepaid Card Myths

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

Prepaid cards are everywhere these days, quickly replacing cash and checks as the fastest way to transfer money. If you're not familiar with them, the...

Farmville Gets An Amex Card

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

American Express is willing to farm for money. On Tuesday, the financial services company announced the launch of a new FarmVille-branded prepaid ...

Sorry, No More Free Checking Accounts At This Bank

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.21.2012 | Money

Free checking at Wells Fargo is officially over. Effective August 7, all Essential Checking customers will pay a $7 monthly service fee. Until rec...

The Latest Bank To Raise Fees

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.17.2012 | Money

Another bank is raising fees. U.S. Bank is bumping up overdraft fees for all its accounts beginning June 29, the Minneapolis-based bank confirmed o...

Chase Going After The Poor With New Card

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.10.2012 | Money

JPMorgan Chase wants it all, catering to everyone from the richest customers who provide hefty returns on deposits to the poorest who are willing to p...

Catherine New

This Man Has Not Had A Bank Account In 14 Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 05.07.2012 | Money

Josh Crawford, 42, of Squaw Valley, Calif., has not had a checking account or credit card in 14 years. But that has not stopped him from participating...

Zach Carter

Pain At The Pump? Convenience Stores Blame Credit Card Fees

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 04.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Ten months after the American retailers won a lobbying victory on Capitol Hill against debit card swipe fees, a trade group representing...

How To Bank For Free

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 03.28.2012 | Money

Despite an uptick in the number of big banks charging fees for low-balance checking accounts, free checking accounts are not dead--yet. A new tool...

Catherine New

He Fought Bank Fees And Won

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.05.2012 | Money

It was the train ticket to bank-fee hell. Three days after Taylor McKinley, 27, closed his checking account at Fifth Third Bank, an automatic $10 ...

Zach Carter

Swipe Fee Fallout Has Small Banks Relishing Rare Advantage Over Wall Street

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 03.02.2012 | Politics

Last year's wild legislative melee over debit card swipe fees featured a curious contradiction: Although big Wall Street banks stood to lose the most ...

Hey JPMorgan, A Bank Account Is Not Like A Gym Membership

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 03.01.2012 | Money

JP Morgan Chase wants consumers to believe that a maintenance fee for a checking account is just another ordinary item in a household's monthly budget...

Government Considering Cracking Down On Overdraft Fees

Reuters | Posted 04.22.2012 | Business

By Dave Clarke WASHINGTON, Feb 21 (Reuters) - The new U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is weighing a crackdown on checking a...